Energy-generating spinning wheel provides electricity for the poor

This spinning wheel from India creates electricity as well as yarn. The power is stored in a battery, and two hours of spinning will run the LED light for 6-7 hours.


  1. This is great in so many ways. The spinning wheel is a national symbol in India– it’s even on their flag. Gandhi used a spinning whhel as meditation– and said that spinning your own thread was essential to national self-sufficiency. In other words, buy local.

    This little invention makes electricity generation local as well. And it brings the essentials to a village (light) without the expectation of Blackberries and convection ovens and all the other extravagent gadgets that go with a society of conspicuous consumption.

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